MSR Whisperlite International Stove Review

The MSR Whisperlite international is one of a trio of stoves now in the Whisperlite family. Each stove is equally usable, but each offers features to meet the requirements for different outdoors needs.

The International is very similar in design to the original Whisperlite stove, but has a few improvements to make it a little more versatile. MSR Whisperlite InternationalIt’s a little lighter, burns different types of fuel, and feels a little sturdier.

The original Whisperlite model was already a highly rated stove with few faults. So polishing it up and releasing an improved version can only be a good thing. Let’s take a closer look at the specifications.

Setup and Design Features

The range of Whisperlites are designed to be simple and easy to use. The last thing you want when camping and under the stress of rocky weather conditions is fiddly parts and having to check that you have everything.

With the International you have a three legged base for good support when mounting the stove, a valve to control the pump, and a tank that easily connects.

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This model uses MSR’s shaker jet self-cleaning technology. So after using, give the jet a little shake and it will clean itself.   I have used this across different models and absolutely love it. As mentioned earlier, this International model is a multi-fuel stove. So you can burn kerosene, white gas, and unleaded fuel. This is an excellent addition over the original Whisperlite, and well worth the extra few bucks it costs.

Dimensions – 8″ x 6″ x 5″ and weighing 2.5 lbs.

Comparison Information

There are three stoves in the Whisperlite family now; the original Whisperlite, the Whisperlite International, and the Whisperlite Universal. They are all great rated all rounders. But there are some subtle differences between the three.

The International brings multi-fuel availability over the original, and it is a lot more stable when set on rough ground. While the Universal matches the International and adds the ability to use canister fuel too. So you can choose between the three depending on your preferred choice of fuel.

The International takes around two and a half minutes to boil a liter of water, which is comparable to the other models in the Whisperlite range. MSR has a number of great stoves to check out if the International doesn’t fit your specifications, like the MSR Dragonfly. The Dragonfly is a couple of oz. heavier, a bit sturdier on its legs, but boils a liter a little slower.  Prices for the Whisperlite International range from $70 to $100.

The Pros

  • Multi-fuel burning capability
  • Affordable price point compared to similar models
  • The three-legged attachment is very stable
  • Works well in cold and windy conditions

The Cons

  • There are more powerful options on the market.
  • Doesn’t hold large pots well, not ideal for several person cookouts.

Insider Tips

If you like holding a constant simmer you need to depressurize the stove. To do this you need to prime, light up, turn off, release the fuel pressure, pump three times, and then re-light the stove.

If you have additional questions, take a quick look at additional information from the MSR directly.

MSR Whisperlite International Stove Summary

A lot of readers will be familiar with the original Whisperlite, and that is a well above average stove. The good news is MSR made some solid improvements with this model, so if your liked that model you can’t go wrong. The stainless steel legs and fuel valve are well designed and good safety features, you can take this stove anywhere with you, without the worry of being let down.


The MSR Whisperlite International is a great all round stove. It performs well against its competitors, it’s reasonably priced, and MSR is a brand I know I can rely on.  Please click on the link below to see additional photos and pricing.

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